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The Enchantment Emporium, by Tanya Huff Book Review | SFReader.com
The Enchantment Emporium, by Tanya Huff Genre: Faith Based Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2009 Review Posted: 6/19/2013 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 8 out of 10
The Enchantment Emporium, by Tanya Huff
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
The Enchantment Emporium is the first book in a new urban fantasy
series by Tanya Huff. And it's pretty damn good. I've only read a few
of Tanya Huff's books (mostly the Quarters series), but after
reading this I ordered all of her back list, so expect some more reviews
of her past work in the near future.
The main premise here is that Allie, part of the magically powerful Gale
family based off of wicca/paganism, sort of (it's never really made
clear or precise, at least not explicitly), goes to Calgary in order to
take over her grandmother's junk shop after she vanishes and is thought
to be dead. Her goal is to figure out what happened to her grandmother,
and after she arrives and some rather strange things begin to happen,
figure out what's going on in Calgary. Because the junk shop caters to
the local fey and has more than the usual items on the shelf.
The main draw in the book for me was the family itself and their
interactions with each other. The family is more or less ruled by the
"aunties," the Gale women. They are the source of power, which they
provide the Gale men, who anchor it and use it. The entire family of
Gales are characters that you grow to love, even if they are perhaps a
little domineering and interfering. Allie attempts to solve the
problems in Calgary on her own, with only a few family members there to
help out, but in the end the problem is too large for her to handle
alone and so the aunties are called in as reinforcements. But it's
still Allie's territory and even after they arrive it's Allies story,
her decisions that dictate what happens and she's the one who resolves
I liked the casual mix of magic with the real world here. We get to see
in passing a few of the others creatures of the unnatural world as they
pass through the shop, so there's plenty of opportunity for future
stories, but the book mostly focuses on the Gales, a leprechaun, and a
sudden influx of dragons (hence the cover art). And there wasn't a
vampire or werewolf in sight.
In the end, a very strong opening for the series, with likeable
characters, an interesting magical system and world, and plenty of
opportunity for future conflict. Recommended.
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